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Concern for community
Commitment to community
Community outreach has been a long-standing cultural competence of Associated. The United Way of the Ozarks, American Cancer Society and many other diverse organizations have benefited from the help of Associated and its employees.
Associated strives to be an integral part of the communities we serve. In addition to providing reliable energy, we support a variety of charities, promote community and economic development and sponsor a variety of local and regional events.
Here are just a few examples of how Associated is committed to our communities:
United Way Pacesetter
In communities across southwest Missouri, the lives of thousands of children, adults and families are made better thanks to the services of United Way's diverse member agencies. Associated Electric’s contribution to United Way gives people hope for a better life. United Way agencies help people learn to read, feed the hungry, give shelter to the homeless, protect families and children from violence, restore hope after a disaster or illness, and renew faith for a brighter tomorrow.
Annually, Associated employees, led by an employee committee, have made the cooperative a pacesetter in the annual fundraising.
Charitable matching funds program
To support our employees involvement in the community, we offer a matching funds program to enhance employee giving. Employees who donate to support qualified 501(c)3 public charities are eligible for matching support up to $100 from the cooperative.
Giving back to our community
Associated’s contributions committee supports a diverse mix of local charitable/service organizations that create and support relations that reflect the following corporate values: family/community, education/technology, environment and rural heritage and lifestyle.
Relay for Life
Associated supports the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life Campaign. This event gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. Employees at Associated partner with the Relay for Life staff to bring people in the community together in a moving and fun atmosphere.
You feel good about helping people out. There are a lot of things we do at the plant that if Associated didn’t allow us to do wouldn’t get done. Management has been very understanding and supportive of the things we do to make our donations successful.Sharon Rustemeyer, Thomas Hill Energy Center